Pakistan and New Zealand in UAE, 3 Test Series, 2018

Pakistan vs New Zealand - 1st Test

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 16 November 2018

Pakistan 171/10

RR: 2.91 | New Zealand beat Pakistan by 4 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Imam-ul-Haq lbw Ajaz Patellbw Ajaz Patel273340
Mohammad Hafeez c Colin de Grandhomme & b Ish Sodhic Colin de Grandhomme & b Ish Sodhi104410
Azhar Ali lbw Ajaz Patellbw Ajaz Patel6513650
Haris Sohail c & & b Ish Sodhic & & b Ish Sodhi4310
Asad Shafiq c BJ Watling & b Neil Wagnerc BJ Watling & b Neil Wagner458140
Babar Azam run out run out 132110
Sarfraz Ahmed c BJ Watling & b Ajaz Patelc BJ Watling & b Ajaz Patel3700
Bilal Asif bowled Ajaz Patelbowled Ajaz Patel0200
Yasir Shah c Ross Taylor & b Neil Wagnerc Ross Taylor & b Neil Wagner0700
Hasan Ali c & b Ajaz Patelc & b Ajaz Patel0800
Mohammad Abbas not out not out 01000
Extras 4 (b 4, lb 0, w 0, nb 0)
Total 171,10 (undefined Wkts, 58.4 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
40-1 (Imam-ul-Haq,12.3), 44-2 (Mohammad Hafeez,13.1), 48-3 (Haris Sohail,13.4), 130-4 (Asad Shafiq,37.3), 147-5 (Babar Azam,42.4), 154-6 (Sarfraz Ahmed,45), 154-7 (Bilal Asif,46.2), 155-8 (Yasir Shah,47.4), 164-9 (Hasan Ali,51), 171-10 (Azhar Ali,58.4),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult7 0 29 0 4.14
Colin de Grandhomme3 0 15 0 5.00
Ajaz Patel23.4 4 59 5 2.52
Ish Sodhi12 0 37 2 3.08
Neil Wagner13 4 27 2 2.08
Jeet Raval0 0 0 0 0
Tom Latham0 0 0 0 0
Kane Williamson 0 0 0 0 0
Ross Taylor0 0 0 0 0
BJ Watling 0 0 0 0 0
Henry Nicholls0 0 0 0 0

That's it from this game then! Pakistan have stunned themselves more than anyone by choking so badly. Can they recover from this in 4 days' time? The second Test will be played in Dubai, from Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 10 am local (0600 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Kane Williamson says that the team knew that the surface wasn't the easiest to bat on and a lot of scrappy batting was required. Observes that plenty of turn was available from even Day 1 and is happy to have come out on the right side of the result. Admits that there are a few batting issues to be resolved but then praises the effort put in. Has words of praise for the attitude shown, especially during the times when wickets fell in clumps. Praises Ajaz and Sodhi for bowling tirelessly this morning and does not know what might have happened had they not applied the pressure. Agrees that there are plenty of 'little' areas which need to be worked over but in the larger perspective of the game, Williamson says that he is more pleased with the attitude shown.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admits that he is very disappointed. Says that when his side lost 3 quick wickets, it seemed like the match was over but then the Azhar-Shafiq stand revived fortunes. To lose from there, is even more heartbreaking, he adds. Praises Ajaz Patel for his accuracy but then believes his batsmen could have shown more patience. Admits that in the first place, this game should not have gone down to the wire and the batsmen should have played more shots. But when it did, then they should have shown some application. Hopes to learn from these mistakes in the future.

AJAZ PATEL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that his game plan was pretty simple. New Zealand believed that they could keep plugging away and thanks the almighty for letting that happen. Credits the relaxed environment in the dressing room for helping the players absorb the pressure and not overdo things. On his debut, he says that he just tried to remind himself of all the hard work that he has done to get to this stage and on his bowling, he says that he just tried to keep it simple.

Ajaz Patel has a chat with Danny Morisson. The former smiles on being given the ball on having got a 5-fer. Says that it is a very special feeling to have done well and led your team to a win. Stresses further that they played the 'Kiwi' way of cricket, not giving up till the last ball. On the words during the Lunch break, Ajaz says that the discussion was just to keep it simple and not give anything away. Adds that it is quite rewarding to win a game for your country after all the hard work he has put in all these years. Stay tuned for the presentation...

The Babar run out seemed to inspire New Zealand and Pakistan both. The bowling side sensed that they can run through the lower order. The batting unit felt that they needed to get things done quickly. Atrocious shots were played, to say the least and only Azhar Ali seemed to be calm under pressure. However, perhaps he could have batted a bit better with the tail - maybe played more shots?

It seemed to be a non-eventful ball. Flicked towards square leg. Could have been a single, would not have mattered even if it was a dot ball. But then, communication was given no respect by either of the two Pakistan batsmen. Babar Azam was admiring the fielding effort while Azhar Ali desperately wanted the single. Neither a yes, nor a no. Just run and watch. What transpired was a run out, that of Babar and the game turned on its head.

One would back the batting side, of course, you would say. But Pakistan, being Pakistan, played just like Pakistan. There is a great degree of mercury rising involved when they play - irrespective of whether they win or lose and today was no less. It all started with a small incident. Really small. Perhaps the phone line was dead. Perhaps there was no network. But why did Azhar Ali not even TRY to call?

There were a few twists this morning, with Pakistan losing three wickets quickly for 8 runs. However, when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq got a partnership going, it seemed like the writing was on the wall. Even if Asad Shafiq did get out on the last ball before Lunch - just figure this out - 46 runs needed, 6 wickets in hand and plenty of overs left. Whom would you back?

Coming to the match - not quite sure how and where Pakistan lost the game. They made New Zealand collapse from 111/3 to 153 all out and got a lead of 74 in the first innings. Managed to get a decent lead of 74. Then, just when it seemed like the Kiwis were taking the game away, Pakistan restricted them to 249 in the second dig, taking the last 6 wickets for just 29 runs. And then, they raced to 40, without losing a sweat.

Let us take a breather, folks. What did New Zealand have during the Lunch break? Jubilation for the Kiwis. Heartbreak for Pakistan. This is the first time any team has lost by 4 runs in Test cricket. Lowest margin of defeat for Pakistan. Smallest margin of victory for New Zealand. As my colleague, THEONE, usually says to express his feelings - Wow. Just wow.

A Patel to Ali, OUT! New Zealand win by 4 runs. What a Test match! Azhar Ali looks devastated as the Ball Tracker shows the ball to be hitting the top of middle. The decision will remain and Pakistan have imploded quite spectacularly again! The ball was landing on leg and turns enough to beat the outside edge of Azhar Ali who was ahead to defend this one. It goes on to hit his back leg and the umpire thinks a bit before raising his finger. Pakistan had to review but unfortunately for Azhar, it just wasn't his day. It's been a great innings but just couldn't hold his nerve to cross the line in the end. On the other hand though, credit must go to the visitors who came spitting fire after Lunch! And also to some crazy running between Babar Azam and Azhar Ali which began this downfall. The Black Caps will have to be given a lot of appreciation for their 'never-say-die' attitude.

Azhar has been adjudged LBW! The decision though has been reviewed...

A Patel to A Ali, Similar ball and similar shot again, again the run is declined.
A Patel to Ali, Shorter outside off, Ali guides it to deep third man but doesn't run.
A Patel to Ali, Flighted outside off, Azhar is drawn forward to drive it to cover-point but no run taken.
N Wagner to Abbas, Bowls a bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it.
N Wagner to Ali, Slow bouncer, the batsman plays it towards third man. The batsmen take a run.
N Wagner to Ali, HAHA! Azhar tries something different. Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar goes for the scoop but misses it completely and gets beaten. Wagner starts to appeal for the catch but then bails out.
N Wagner to Ali, Short of a length delivery, the batsman got a low bounce and he pulls it towards mid-wicket.
N Wagner to Ali, Short of a length delivery again, Azhar again pulls it towards square leg.
N Wagner to Ali, Short of a length delivery, Azhar pulls it towards mid-wicket.
A Patel to Ali, Sensible batting from Ali, he comes down the wicket and drives to long off to pick up a single and retains strike. Only six required now!
A Patel to Ali, Full ball at the pads, Azhar reverse sweeps it but short third man comes around and stops the single.
A Patel to Ali, Slower through the air, Azhar is half ahead and adjusts well to defend this one after it turns away slightly.
A Patel to Ali, Comes down the wicket and hits this full one to long off. No run taken.
A Patel to Ali, Shorter outside off, cut away to deep point but no run taken.
A Patel to Ali, Full and on middle, Azhar defends it back to the bowler.
N Wagner to Abbas, Full toss around off stump, Abbas defends off the front foot. Wagner fields and throws it back at the stumps but Abbas never left his crease.
N Wagner to Ali, Length delivery outside off stump, the batsman plays the upper cut towards third man. The fielder could not quite get to the ball. The batsmen take a run. 7 more needed now.
N Wagner to Ali, Length delivery again on off stump, the batsman defends off the front foot.
N Wagner to Ali, Length delivery outside off stump, Azhar cuts it towards point. He does not go for the run again. Had he tried, there were two runs on offer.
N Wagner to Ali, Full toss on leg stump, Azhar flicks it towards mid-wicket.
N Wagner to Ali, Length delivery on off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.
A Patel to Abbas, Not out! There is absolutely nothing on Ultra-Edge. The ball is a brilliant one though! It lands on middle, grips and turns to beat the outside edge of Abbas who was half ahead in defense. Watling and the close-in fielders go up in a huge appeal as Bruce Oxenford shakes his head. The NZ fielders are convinced and ask Williamson to go upstairs. The replays confirm the original decision and that's a lost review for the Black Caps. Drama! Pakistan are trying to do it one run per over here.

IS THAT THE END OF THE MATCH? Abbas has been given not out on a caught behind appeal. New Zealand have taken the review....

A Patel to Abbas, Faster and full yorker length ball outside off, Abbas lets it go.
A Patel to Ali, Takes the single this time. Full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover. 8 required now!
A Patel to Ali, Fuller and outside off, Azhar drives to deep cover.
A Patel to A Ali, Flighted well outside off, driven to long off but again declines to take a run.
A Patel to Ali, Looped up on off, pushed to sweeper cover by Azhar but no run taken.
N Wagner to Abbas, Bowls a bouncer, Abbas does well to duck under it.
Wagner to Ali, Slow yorker on middle stump, the batsman digs it out to cover and takes a single. 9 more needed now. Can Abbas survive?
N Wagner to Ali, Length delivery on off stump, the batsman defends off the back foot.
N Wagner to Ali, BEATEN! Wide outside off stump, Azhar wanted to go for the cut but gets beaten on this one.
N Wagner to Ali, Full outside off stump, Azhar drives it towards covers.
N Wagner to Ali, Length delivery on off stump, Azhar gets it off the inner half of the bat.
A Patel to Abbas, Loud applause from the sparse crowd! Abbas has managed to keep out the three deliveries. This one is overpitched on middle and Abbas comes half forward to defend it straight back to the bowler.
A Patel to Abbas, Flatter one on off again, Abbas goes back in the crease and defends it with a straight bat.
A Patel to Abbas, Looped up on off, Abbas defends this one confidently.